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Green Bean Almondine

October 15, 2018 (Last Updated: November 9, 2020)

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Fresh green beans sautéed with butter and almonds and finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice makes a delicious green bean almondine!  

Fresh green beans with almonds served on a white plate.

Fresh green bean almondine is perfect for an elegant dinner or a casual get together. During the winter months I start to crave fresh veggies.  

These green beans are easy to make and you will impress your guests and your family.

What’s not to love?  Butter, garlic, almonds, fresh squeezed lemon juice, oh and green beans!

Green Bean Almondine in a skillet pan with a pair of tongs.

What is Almondine?

Almondine simply means with almonds.  The word amandine also describes dishes cooked with almonds.  Why the difference?  Almondine is typically used in the US while amandine is European.

The restaurant I used to work at always said amandine when describing a dish.  Our chef was from Austria…plus I think it sounds a bit fancier!  Almondine or amandine or just green beans with almonds, it’s delicious!

Green bean almondine on a white plate with a fillet of fish.

Fresh green beans are usually available year round in the produce section of most grocery stores. Make certain you select the very best beans. 

Fresh green beans used for making green bean almondine

How do I Trim Green Beans?

  • Grab a handful of beans
  • Line up one end of green beans
  • Cut off the stem part of the bean
  • Turn around to other side
  • Cut off the tail end of the bean

How do I make Green Bean Almondine?

Green beans with the ends cut off.

Wash and trim green beans

A pot filled with water and green beans.

Blanch in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes

Green beans being placed in a pot of ice water.

Remove from boiling water and add to a large bowl filled with ice water

Almonds in a pan along with melted butter.

Melt butter in a saute pan over medium heat. Add almonds and cook 3-4 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from pan and set aside.

Chopped garlic in a pan with melted butter.

In same pan, add garlic

Green beans in a saute pan with butter and garlic.

Add beans. Saute for 5-7 minutes until beans are heated through.

Add almonds and stir.

A lemon being squeezed over green beans in a pan.

Turn off heat and squeeze fresh lemon juice over beans.

Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Green bean almondine topped with toasted almonds.

Make ahead Tips

  • Wash and trim beans
  • Blanch beans in boiling water and then place into an ice bath
  • Drain beans
  • Place beans in a covered container and refrigerate until needed
  • Follow remaining steps in recipe

Do I have to use butter?

No, you don’t have to use butter. You can use equal amounts of olive oil or margarine if you prefer. 

Serve these beans with any of these great recipes:

If you are looking for other great vegetable dishes, try these sauteed sugar snap peas, gingered beets  and these ginger carrots. Other delicious side dishes include sweet potato gratin and cranberry sauce. 

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Fresh green beans topped with sliced almonds.

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If you loved this recipe you’ll LOVE all the others in this category. Check out all my vegetable recipes here!

Brightly colored green beans topped with slivered almonds on a white platter.

Green Bean Almondine

Fresh green beans sauteed in a light butter and lemon sauce.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish, Vegetable
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 147 kcal


  • 1 pound fresh green beans (washed and trimmed)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2-3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 lemon
  • salt and pepper


  • Cook beans for 2 minutes in boiling water. Water should be at a rolling boil before you add beans.
  • Drain beans in a colander and then cool in a bowl of cold water. Once cooled drain beans again. Remove all excess water from beans.
  • In a large saute pan, melt butter. Once melted add almonds.
  • Cook over low heat until slightly browned. 3-4 minutes. Remove almonds.
  • In same pan add garlic and beans.
  • Continue cooking until beans are heated through.
  • Add almonds and stir.
  • Turn off heat, squeeze 1/2 lemon over top.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately



To make ahead:
  • Wash and trim beans
  • Blanch beans in boiling water and then place into an ice bath
  • Drain beans
  • Place beans in a covered container and refrigerate until needed
  • Follow remaining steps in recipe


Calories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 72mgPotassium: 235mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 760IUVitamin C: 14.3mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 1.2mg
Keyword fresh green bean recipe, green bean almodine, green bean side dish, green beans, green beans with almonds, make ahead green beans
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This recipe was originally posted in December of 2015. The pictures have been updated and a video has been added. 

Green Bean Almondine Recipe Adapted From Fine Cooking.

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  • Reply
    September 20, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Can olive oil or margarine be used instead of butter?

    • Reply
      September 21, 2018 at 4:46 am

      Hi Natalie,
      Yes! You could substitute olive oil or margarine! Happy cooking! 🙂

  • Reply
    January 1, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    5 stars
    I made this tonight to go with the Pork and Sauerkraut to ring in the new year, and it was delicious! I blanched the green beans ahead of time and just threw them in the pan with the almonds and butter when the time came. They were a big hit! Thanks for the recipe. Definitely a keeper!

    • Reply
      January 3, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks, Phyllis! I’m glad you love it as much as I do!

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    Michelle Ferrand
    December 4, 2016 at 9:13 am

    This looks so easy! And delicious! And like something l’d make for dinner!

    • Reply
      December 4, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      It really is easy and delicious! Give it a try 🙂

  • Reply
    December 3, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Green beans have such great flavor. Love recipes like this that let all that flavor come through!

    • Reply
      December 3, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Thanks, Christine! They really are great!

  • Reply
    December 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    A fresh & healthy side dish! Beats plain old green beans any day.

    • Reply
      December 1, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks, Erin! These green beans are a great side dish! They definitely beat plain old green beans!

  • Reply
    March 7, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Simple and nice :)! Perfect dish for a vegetarian. Thanks Kathy!

    • Reply
      March 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Perfect for everyone!

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    Manali @ CookWithManali
    December 31, 2015 at 9:49 am

    green beans & almonds are really good together, these look fantastic Kathy! Have a great 2016! 🙂

    • Reply
      January 2, 2016 at 6:09 am

      Thanks, Manali! Happy New Year to you too!

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    Laura @ Raise Your Garden
    December 31, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I didn’t know you worked at a restaurant Kathy…how nifty is that!?!? Anyhow, these green beans look fabulous. I will be giving them a whirl tonight, doing the easy thing and making a ham. Then we’re going to that Snoopy movie finally. I will definitely be trying the lemon bit, that’s new for me. As for the butter…haha…there’s no subbing for me =) Have a fabulous New Year with your family!!!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 5:45 am

      My restaurant experience is from way back when….back in the college days. I learned lots from working there and still use some ideas I learned. Happy New Year!

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    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    December 30, 2015 at 9:01 am

    5 stars
    Perfect side dish for NYE. We are staying in this year and having friend s over for dinner. I was going to do a simple roasted asparagus because couldn’t think of anything else, but now i have your recipe! YAY!! Plus, it’s fancy looking and will impress everyone 🙂

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      December 31, 2015 at 6:08 am

      I hope you give it a try! Happy New Years!

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    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    December 30, 2015 at 6:31 am

    These look scrumptious, and just right for the Whole 30 I am about to start in January – I’ll just sub some ghee for the butter. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      December 31, 2015 at 6:13 am

      Perfect! I love that you can make simple changes and still enjoy delicious food!

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